This article was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper
I can’t be the only one wondering what the heck is going on with our food system lately. The recalls on commonly consumed foods have been so numerous that it seems like there’s another one every other day.
The contamination of our food supply is very unsettling. This year hundreds of people were sickened by romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli and several even died. But there have also been recalls on meat, on breakfast cereal, on frozen food, and even pet food.
In just the past week, there have been massive recalls on ground beef, breakfast sausage, and canned corn. Below, you’ll find the details. Check your kitchen and dispose of any of these foods if you have them on hand.
12 Million Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled
JBS Tolleson Inc. has expanded their recall of ground beef and “non-intact” beef products to include 12 million pounds of meat. The products are feared to be contaminated with salmonella.
Because these were packaged between July 26, 2018, to Sept. 7, 2018, the most likely destination for these products would be your freezer. The products recalled include ground beef chubs, burger patties, ground beef sold in trays, and pre-seasoned ground beef.
Brands included in the recall are:
- Cedar River Farms
- Comnor Perfect Choice
- Gourmet Burger
- Grass Run Farms Natural Beef
- JBS Generic
- Laura’s Lean Beef
- Private Selection
Go here to get the specific products and numbers of the beef that has been recalled and here to see the labels and brand names.
30,000 pounds of Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage recalled for pieces of metal
Popular Jimmy Dean ready-to-eat breakfast sausage links have been recalled due to customer complaints about pieces of metal in the sausages.
It’s unclear where these sausages have been shipped, but the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned that these, like the ground beef, may already be in your freezer. The product details are below:
- 23.4-oz. pouches of “Jimmy Dean HEAT ’n SERVE Original SAUSAGE LINKS Made with Pork & Turkey”
- Use By date of Jan. 31, 2019
- Case code A6382168
- Time stamp range of 11:58 through 01:49
If you have questions about any Jimmy Dean products you may have on hand, you can contact the Jimmy Dean customer service line at 855-382-3101.
Del Monte canned corn recalled for potential botulism.
All those people who think that home-canning is some kind of witchcraft and that commercially canned food is much safer should be aware that Del Monte has called back 64,000 cases of canned corn that was not properly processed.
Del Monte informed the public that “under-processing” deviations that occurred during the production of the canned corn “were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.”
Of course, as any home preserver knows, what they’re talking about is botulism, a potentially deadly toxin that can cause the symptoms similar to those of a stroke. And even if you survive botulism poisoning, you can be left with permanent neurological damage from it.
The product in question is Fiesta Corn with Red & Green Peppers.
Consumers can identify the recalled 15.25-ounce cans (432 grams) by looking for the UPC number 24000 02770 printed on the label and any of the following best-by dates, which are stamped on the bottom of the cans;
- August 14, 2021
- August 15, 2021
- August 16, 2021
- Sept 3, 2021
- Sept 4, 2021
- Sept 5, 2021
- Sept 6, 2021
- Sept 22, 2021
- Sept 23, 2021
Del Monte shipped the corn to Alaska, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
The company also sent the recalled canned corn to a dozen foreign countries: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, El Salvador, Haiti, Guyana, Uruguay, Aruba, Panama, Saint Lucia, Suriname.
“If consumers have any product with the indicated UPC code and ‘Best if Used By’ dates, they should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange,” according to Del Monte’s recall notice. (source)
If you have more questions, you can contact Del Monte by calling 800-779-7035.
Why are we having all these recalls?
The real question to me is, “Why is our food supply suddenly so unsafe?”
It seems like in the past few years, the recalls have been practically nonstop. Many organic brands and products have been included, and many major food suppliers. It’s not just some little fly-by-night companies who are taking shortcuts. The CDC has investigated 24 multi-state foodborne illness outbreaks so far this year.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wants you to know that you don’t need to worry. He says it isn’t that food is more unsafe, but that they’ve become better at tracking down the sources of illnesses. In an interview with CNN, he explained:
“I think that the issue isn’t that there’s more unsafe food,” Gottlieb said. “I think what’s happening is that we have better technology than ever before to link outbreaks of human illness to a common pathogen.”
In all 50 states, the CDC has the capacity to do genomic testing on samples from infected patients (such as blood samples). It also can genetically link the identified pathogens in human illness to actual food sources.
What is lagging is the ability to do track and trace to a single distributor or grower “because we don’t have as good a technology as we would like in our supply chain,” Gottlieb said.
Another recent development in protecting the US food supply is the Food Safety Modernization Act, which became law in 2011. Gottlieb said the act represents a “paradigm shift,” as it is based on prevention instead of reaction.
“I think food is more safe now than it’s ever been. We have much more resources and additional tools to do effective surveillance.” (source)
Is it really though?
Is the FSMA really making us “safer?”
I have to call Baloney Sandwiches on Gottlieb’s claim that we’re so much safer now due to the FSMA, which in actuality makes food freedom a heck of a lot more difficult for anyone who’s not part of a giant corporation.
The Food Safety Modernization Act has come under fire for being onerous for small farmers and for making it nearly to comply unless you’re part of a giant corporation. In fact, according to Mike Adams of Natural News, the whole thing is full of lies and disinformation. Interestingly, it’s nearly impossible to locate negative coverage of the FSMA on Google. But on Duck Duck Go I found this in an article by Adams:
It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if you don’t comply with the authoritarian rules of the federal government.
“It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” – Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower (http://shivchopra.com/?page_id=2)
This tyrannical law puts all food production (yes, even food produced in your own garden) under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. Yep — the very same people running the TSA and its naked body scanner / passenger groping programs.
This law would also give the U.S. government the power to arrest any backyard food producer as a felon (a “smuggler”) for merely growing lettuce and selling it at a local farmer’s market.
It also sells out U.S. sovereignty over our own food supply by ceding to the authority of both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Codex Alimentarius.
It would criminalize seed saving (http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/…), turning backyard gardeners who save heirloom seeds into common criminals. This is obviously designed to give corporations like Monsanto a monopoly over seeds.
It would create an unreasonable paperwork burden that would put small food producers out of business, resulting in more power over the food supply shifting to large multinational corporations. (source)
Wow. I feel safer already.
But I digress.
Given that the recalls aren’t specifically related to anything in the FMSA, I believe that the problem is something far different than simply “getting better at tracing the contamination.”
I don’t know what it is, but it seems to me that food production has become incredibly sloppy and careless, and we, the consumers, are the ones who are paying the price. By making food production corporate instead of local, we risk contamination on a massive scale.
Check your pantries and freezers for recalled foods.
I recommend going through your freezer, fridge, and pantry to see if you have any of the products listed in the recall. I had a few packages of Laura’s Lean Beef that I’ll be returning for my money back.
And if you haven’t already begun to build a stockpile based on safe, local foods, now is the time to start working on it. Clearly, Big Food can’t be trusted not to contaminate their products, as is proven by all these extensive recalls.
What do you think about all these recalls? Do you think our food is “safer than ever?” Let me know in the comments and be sure to join the conversation over in the forum, too.
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There is a peculiar rumor that this is a cover story in order to boost emergency food reserves. It probably is just as ut appears.
Then, they say that the work or your own hands and the sweat of your own brow (backyard butchering, hunting) is dangerous and unethical.
When the shtf a lot of people had best learn the skills of our distant forefathers.
Hunt, fish, garden, cow, cattle, pig, rabbit, chicken raising butchering, canning etc.
They will need guns and ammo to protect themselves from the liberal city idiots that will want to steal it
IF YOU WANT TO PRESERVE AMERICAN CULTURE
YOU MUST SUPPORT A WHITE ETHNOSTATE WHERE WOMEN CANNOT VOTE
YOU ARENT GOING TO CONVINCE THE NON WHITES ABOUT GUN CONTROL AND SOCIALISM
THEY CANT BUILD WHITE COUNTRIES BECAUSE THEY ARENT WHITE
WAKE UP YOU NUTCASE BOOMERS
YOU THINK WHEN WHITES ARE A MINORITY THAT THE LAW IS GOING TO FUCKING PROTECT ANYTHING?????
A PACK OF BROWN APES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MONKEYS DONT BELONG IN FIRST WORLD COUNTRIES
WOMEN DONT BELONG IN AN OFFICE
I believe in everything this Nazi says, except when it’s against my race.
Hunting deer and other wild animals are dangerous now. Most have the cronic wasting disease. Including moose. I read from a good source that there were actually moose that had tuberculosis. How the h*** did that happen? And it’s spreading. Humans can also get this.
Also I have found canned goods that were very bad. Botchulisim. These canned goods were in date, and by top food producers. I can’t bring myself to buy from them again. Some were asparagus and yams for starters.
When that day comes, don’t be surprised to find that. It’s happening more and more.
Now most all meat has been recalled. Last was turkey…now this. That happens all the time too. Too much.
Another thing that bothers me is the same old metal shavings in the food. How the h*** is that also happening??
I think most of this is deliberate. I truly do. Not just a accident, because it is happening all the time now.
Anyone notice the crappy quality of food being sold now? It’s getting worse. Plus the amounts seem to be slowing down too.
If you want good food, grow it yourself to know what is in it.
Unfortunately I have too many boulders to dig.
Harvest of Despair
The Holodomor 1933
Holocaust in Ukraine
6 to 10 million forcibly starved
That “Holodomor” was not just in Ukraine. It was also on huge part of Russia and Kazakhstan. It wasn’t put exclusively on Ukrainian people, but on wast land. “Coincidently” the same happened in US and in the same time. Don’t tell me it’s Russians did it, particularly to the both countries and in the same time.
But, but, I thought hitler was the worst! (sarc off).
This “Holodomor” was not just in Ukraine, but also In Russia and Kazakhstan. Interesting, that in the same time it happened in US too. So don’t blame Russians, mass starvation was on the both continents.
Walmarts canned black beans are 4 in a pack for $2.50. Problem is they are almost always crunchy and under cooked, can’t even get that right.
Why the hell do you shop at walmart?
Because it’s the cheapest place to shop. And EVERYBODY sells stuff from China.
Wow… just Wow….
SOYLENT GREEN ON SALE……
Meanwhile, in other news, anti-firearms President Trump has banned Bump Stocks. If you own any you will have to surrender them within the next 3 months, the deadline is March 2019.
It starts with Bump Stocks and progresses from there.
I was all set to plant an acre of White pineapple. It is much better(way sweeter) than the Yellow stuff most of you are used to. The intention was to sell it at the local Farmers markets.
As a result of FSMA I will not sell it direct, but have worked out a deal to trade pineapples for local raised and processed beef and other local garden products. We have an informal market for our Hawaiian beef jerky, Dried Banana chips, and dried white pineapple slices. Keep in this is more of a hobby to make a few extra bucks and set up a barter network, than a way to make a living.
I also have remarks about Food factories. I did consulting work on Instrumentation in two MacNut factories. I still eat MacNut treats. The systems are set up to make it almost impossible for bad product to get to a shelf. I can’t count the times a metal detector stopped the line, we had to destroy product, and re-calibrate the units, because someone against company rules used a Cell phone inside the factory. Cell phones can erroneously trip the metal detectors.
QA is set up to ensure the product is tested hourly to ensure the maximum loss is one hour of production if something went wrong on a particular line.
For Raw product I have no idea how you protect against a worker soiling themselves in the field when they are working sick and they don’t tell anybody.
Overall I’d say our food production systems are pretty safe.
I would be interested in white pineapple slips for a growing experiment.
“For Raw product I have no idea how you protect against a worker soiling themselves in the field when they are working sick and they don’t tell anybody.”
I have a couple of ideas, here, too.
When I was learning about farming, in California, the restroom was 1ft deep, padlock-able, and full of handtools. Water fountains and faucets were all turned off. And, some crops are watered, toilet-to-tap, via the purple line.
Prison labor and braceros from white vans are not particularly allowed to leave the work area, typically enclosed in razor wire. (Temecula-Murrietta)
I don’t think that efficiency is possible, in an economy of scale. So, corners are cut, materially and socially.
Mass production is like an efficient elephant or brontosaur.
I bet white pineapple would make some pretty good wine! 😀
I thought pineapple was space consuming and took a long time to grow? How many harvests per season can you get?
A few weeks ago there was also a romaine lettuce recall across the country due to contamination, possible e.coli. This is (or was) a nationwide recall. These recalls are alarming as they are becoming more frequent and widespread.
I am now a FELON.!!!!!
A good link for the aspiring farmer
I have read one other explanation for these recalls: They want to reduce the demand for several products in order to hide Increasingly poor crop yields, including the crops that feed livestock. Remember the bees and other insects are AWOL. Who knows what else has gone wrong. If they announce food shortages, people will panic. Most important, is they don’t want us hoarding food!
relik, you go on and plant as many acres of whatever you want to plant! Goddamnit, I’m buying property and plantimg as much food as I can. Let some s.o.b govmint asshat come poking around my spread,and I’ll make fertilizer of ’em! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
…and why am I being put into moderation ??
Even when in a crouch, James Comey presents a good target profile. Have a nice day!
Thank You Mack for not posting my earlier comment
I just got out of bed and got on the computer after making such a stupid statement last night about the former fbi director. No more wine and computers for me.
Have you been around the meat packing industry lately? In this area the cutting floor has been taken over by Somali natives, wipe with one hand eat with the other. I wonder where the e-coli comes from?
This is what happens with uncontrolled open borders. Craping in the fields and streams.
Don’t forget the terrorists creating biohasards in their labs. What were they going to do with them? I think we now know. The demonRATs want more with open borders to all.
Yeah werent real happy with euthanasia drugs in my dogs food.
Im waiting for some muslim to dump a bag of fentanyl in something.
so many sausage guzzlers here! BWAHAHAHAHAHA
No, just you.
Here’s a little song I wrote but I can’t sing it note for note, just eat it and be happy. The Mexicans keep crapping in the fields and it brings us higher yields, don’t worry be happy.
There are actually a subset of so-called “preppers” who claim the smartest way to survive is to steal what others have by shooting livestock versus the work of hunting and trapping. That is their preferred method of adapting. They are nothing more than sociopaths and psychopaths who hope for doomsday so they can overtly be the person they truly are and stop hiding their real selves.
I’ve noticed these Mad Max nutcases since the seventies. When they think you are their friend,they will admit to wanting to impose slavery and become feudal barons. In no way are they mentally balanced nor desiring a constitutional republic.
Be wary especially around very violent people who actually have criminal intentions. I’ve noticed that they similarly hate Christianity because their real master is Lucifer.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on food safety. Regards